What is microneedling treatment, and when did it start?

In this week’s blog, we’ll be looking at when microneedling treatment started as well as what is involved during and after treatment.

The beginnings of microneedling

As with all skin rejuvenation treatments, there is an origins story with regards to how the treatment came to be.

Expert suggests its roots lie in ancient China, as part of acupuncture treatments. Initially, the purpose of acupuncture was to ‘open channels’ to allow the Qi (vital energy or life force) to flow through the body naturally.

Today, acupuncture is widely still used to improve the body’s functions and always promotes the natural self-healing process – not entirely dissimilar to what happens after a microneedling treatment.

Skip to 1905, and German dermatologist Ernst Kromayer was using dental burs (powered by innovative motor-driven flexible cord equipment) to improve the appearance of skin concerns such as scars, birthmarks and, eventually, hyperpigmentation.

However, as we know it in modern medicine, we believe microneedling was first used in 1995 by an America skin expert called Dr Desmond Fernandes from Philadelphia. Dr Fernandes realised it was possible to treat fine lines and scars (like acne scars, for example) with hypodermic needles.

Not long after this, Dr Fernandes developed a small ‘needle stamp’ to promote collagen production and overall improvement to the skin. As time progressed, experts realised microneedling could be used to treat other skin concerns.

How does microneedling work?

On a basic level, it damages the skin in a controlled way with tiny needles. This, in turn, prompts the body’s natural healing process to heal the skin but also boost collagen and elastin to the area. It’s this combination that makes microneedling treatment so effective – not to mention popular.

Who is microneedling suitable for?

Patients can benefit from microneedling treatment if they wish to address the concerns above, and even as part of an anti-ageing regime.

Men and women, covering all Fitzpatrick skin types, can benefit from these types of treatments, providing they’ve been deemed suitable for the procedure. A consultation is needed to assess a patient’s needs, and a bespoke treatment plan would be offered based on the findings.

Picking the right treatment device

Choosing the right equipment is key in ensuring you’re offering the very best skin rejuvenation treatments with microneedling. SkinPen is a microneedling device that’s won both awards and certificates for its innovation and safety.

SkinPen is generally considered the best quality device for microneedling in the UK, cleared for use by the FDA as well as certified as a medical CE.

Getting more information about SkinPen

The team at BioActiveAesthetics would be delighted to discuss microneedling with you, including how it works and the benefits it can offer patients. Please email us or call us today if you have any questions about SkinPen.

Alternatively, we have extensive articles on this website, including why FDA clearance and the CE mark is so important.